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Package can be install from CDROM, Network i.e. NFS or downloading from Internet and then add it to system, or from existing location such as /var/spool/pkg directory if frequently required packages are copied to this location.

Solaris: Adding package from CDROM
1) Mount cdrom

2) To add or install GNU tar package from Solaris CD use command
# pkgadd -d /cdrom/cdrom0/Solaris_9/Product SUNWgtar

-d /cdrom/cdrom0/Solaris_9/Product: Specify package directory
SUNWgtar: Package name

Solaris: Adding packages to spool directory and then install them
1) Copy package to /var/spool/pkg directory first:
# pkgadd -d /cdrom/cdrom0/Solaris_9/Product -s /var/spool/pkg SUNWgtar
Transferring package instance

-d /cdrom/cdrom0/Solaris_9/Product: Specify package directory
-s /var/spool/pkg : Directory in which package will get stored
SUNWgtar: Package name

2) Install the packages copied to spool directory
# pkgadd SUNWgtar

Solaris: Install downloaded package
1) If your package is in .bz2 format then first uncompress it using bunzip2 command:
# bunzip2 Packagname.bz2

2) Install package:
# pkgadd –d Packagname

Note .bz2 extension will automatically removed by first command.

For example if your package name is SFWqt.bz2
# buzip2 SFWqt.bz2
# pkgadd –d SFWqt

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  • Srki March 3, 2005, 3:45 pm


    # pkgadd –d SFWqt

    When is allowed not to use
    directory name with -d option?

    — package located in a current directory or
    there is some other exception ?

    How generally pkgadd interprets -d option with or without directory name –
    when only package name is listed?


  • nixcraft March 13, 2005, 3:11 pm

    pkgadd –d SFWqt

    It means package is in current directory which was downloaded from ftp/http sites

    • yatender February 25, 2011, 3:05 am

      by this we get an error. if we want to use d option then we use . option it show that we are use the current location directory

  • naresh April 26, 2009, 6:02 am

    if you want to use the current directory use ( . ) dot after -d option. then it recognizes to look in current directory

  • naresh April 26, 2009, 6:04 am

    pkgadd –d . SFWqt

    It means package is in current directory

  • ankit November 29, 2009, 2:49 pm

    can you tell me how to install drives in opensolaris

  • saurabh ahuja July 4, 2011, 10:10 am

    well that is good for zipped files what about .pkg downloaded from internet? How can i install it?

  • saurabh ahuja July 4, 2011, 10:16 am

    well .pkg directly worked fine with “pkgadd -d .pkg . Thanks

  • joshy December 7, 2011, 2:51 am

    if i want to add additional software….same method is enough or any difference….how i execute that softwares

  • friend142 August 30, 2012, 4:28 am

    if we add packages from pkgadd command where is it goes? I mean /usr/bin or any other dir?

  • Rodrigo Pichinual April 10, 2013, 3:31 pm

    Good blog

    I have a doubt
    How to mount CD of Solaris???


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